- The pressure to conform to ideals
- Limited confidence and self-belief
- A lack of professional role models who are women in their networks
They established a one-to-one mentoring scheme for 30 girls in 2013, based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations.
They believed that the girls needed greater access to opportunities, but also the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.
The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand, and now operates across Greater London, Sussex, the South Coast, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, and Merseyside, working with more than 1,200 girls each year.
Our impact speaks for itself:
- 98% of mentees on the programme last year said virtual mentoring had improved their confidence
- 98% believe their mentor has helped them feel more positive about the future
- 81% said virtual mentoring helped them focus more on school work
Our mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women
Why we do it
that no girls should have their futures limited by their gender, ethnicity, background, or parental income
that all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth, and to develop their capacity to shape their world and their future
How we do it
We partner with secondary schools and colleges across Greater London, Sussex, the South Coast, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley and Merseyside, to match girls aged 14-19 with a volunteer mentor who is a woman.
All our mentors go through an application process and are trained by us in mentoring and safeguarding. Once mentees complete their year-long mentoring journey, they graduate and become part of a lifelong Ambassador Community.